MySpace – Fear and AcceptancePaul, · Categories: General, Virtual Communities
MySpace is the second quickest growing site on the Internet over the past year (WashingtonPost.com reports), having grown 318% since last February to take the place as the 10th most visited site on the Net. Number one in growth, but lower in rank, is Blogger.
netcom (thanks for the correction, Justin) at 528% and 27th in rank.
At the same time, MySpace is the target of a series of voodoo warnings including an overly cautious warning from Governor wannabe and current NC Attorney General Roy Cooper advising parents to shutdown their kids social networking.
Collegue Debashis Aikat in much more sane, in the quotes, except that he claims that “American young people have so much pressure to make friendships.” Err what does that mean? Kids don’t need or want friends? Kinda misses the point of being human, which does translate into online social behavior. Like the song says, more or less, “People Need People.” Most in productive and rewarding ways in fact.
Oh, Moral Panic, you may be rooted in statistically improbable fact, but you dog our waking and sleeping moments as if you were so much more real.